The decision by YouTube, which is owned by Google, is the latest action by a Silicon Valley company to stem the spread of hate speech and disinformation on their sites.
Kevin RooseNew: YouTube is removing thousands of videos from white supremacists and tightening its hate speech policies.
At the same time, it is under fire for allowing a popular right-wing creator to harass @gaywonk.
Making rules is easier than enforcing them!
We talked to Chris Hughes, who says the government must intervene to rein in the power of the company he helped to start.
Kevin RooseToday on The Daily: I talked with Facebook co-founder @chrishughes about his ex-roommate Mark Zuckerberg, his change of heart on Facebook, and how he came to publish a NYT op-ed calling for the company's breakup.
Neal Mohan discusses the streaming site’s recommendation engine, which has become a growing liability amid accusations that it steers users to increasingly extreme content.
Kevin RooseI asked YouTube's CPO about the perception that the recommendations bar pushes users toward more extreme videos.
He said the company looked into it and found that while true in some cases, "there are other videos that skew in the opposite direction."
Kevin RooseNew: I talked with YouTube's chief product officer (@nealmohan) about algorithmic recommendations, violent extremism, and the much-discussed rabbit-hole effect.
On average, candidates in the 2018 midterm races spent no more than 5 percent of their overall media budgets on digital advertising, according to a report by Tech for Campaigns.
Kevin RooseRemember when Trump won in 2016 by buying lots of Facebook ads, and then everyone was like "hmm maybe we should do that?"
Anyway a new report says that 2018 campaigns spent most of their media budgets on TV and print mailers, and 5% or less on digital.